When - Every Sunday morning from 10:00 AM - Noon
Where - 12South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204Join us each Sunday morning for traditional seated and walking meditation, followed by Dharma study and discussion.
When - Every Wednesday evening from 7 - 9 PM
Where - 12South Dharma Center, 2301 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204Community open sitting (7:00 - 8:30 PM) followed by refreshments and social time.
The Shambhala community offers its form of traditional Buddhism and Shambhala Training, a secular program developed by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the famed Tibetan teacher and author of more than a dozen books. Both paths employ the same mindfulness meditation practice known universally as shamatha.
This practice is the foundation of all other practices, and the foundation of all study. Without meditation practice, study is merely intellectual; without study, one cannot understand and practice meditation with confidence and clarity.
The value of a practice-based community, or sangha, is in the opportunity to gather for group practice and discussion, and to engage in informal and formal classes about the nature of mind and the path of being human. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala's leader and best-selling author of the books, "Turning the mind into an Ally," and "Ruling your World," has furthered the development of Shambhala curriculum, towards Shambhala's aim to help create ideal society.
Shambhala centers offer this opportunity in many forms at whatever pace anyone sets for himself or herself. There is never any charge for meditation instruction. Group meditation and dharma talks are open, and formal classes occur when interest arises and a certified teacher is available. Informal study is available with video lectures and discussions based on readings of insightful books by Chogyam Trungpa, Pema Chodron and other teachers and authors. Now, with Shambhala online, curriculum is taught by major Shambhala teachers to local groups.
Nashville is surrounded by cities with established
Centers and Groups, many of which have resident Meditation Instructors
who are certified to teach Shambhala Training courses. Of
there are many centers beyond driving distance as well where students
can participate in Shambhala courses and special offerings.